Jury: No negligence in diseased kidney transplant

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BOSTON >> A Massachusetts jury has found that several doctors who unknowingly transplanted a diseased kidney from the body of a homeless man into another man were not negligent in his death.

WCVB reports a Suffolk County jury on Wednesday cleared the doctors and the organ bank that facilitated the transfer.

Pierre Dimanche died after receiving a transplanted kidney in 2008 at a Boston hospital. Doctors had unknowingly transmitted a rare rodent virus during the transplant. His daughter then filed a lawsuit.

His family said the homeless man had extensive health problems, including signs of meningitis, that should have prevented his organs from being donated.

Attorneys for the doctors and organ bank say the man was classified as a high-risk donor and that Dimanche was warned about the risk level.

Information from: WCVB-TV, http://www.thebostonchannel.com


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